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Stalled weight loss

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created April 10, 2013 at 7:31 AM

First I am SO stoked to be completely Paleo. I started out by switching to coconut milk and reading All the amazing great sites on line. I started cross fit last year and have watched every one get awesome results from being Paleo. I am 5'5 and currently 151 (started out at 159)I have a semi active job teaching scuba and working on a big game boat. I try to make it to cross fit 3x's a week and throw in other activities when i can (spin, walking, etc.) Anyways 18 days ago I looked in the mirror and decided enough was enough. I was going to go Paleo for 21 days ... I did.. I feel amazing and have lost weight but I have now stalled. My clothes fit better, everyone is starting to comment I feel like I have improved in my WOD's but I have stalled on weight... I am a very athletic looking female... Broad shouldered and carry my weight well... But the scale is not moving... I have cut all but berries and apples from my diet, added good fats, eat mainly chucked, and lots of green veggies, have had NO sugars or starch in the 18 days... Why has the weight stalled??? Please give me any advice my fellow Palen's.... WHY HAVE I STALLED????

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on April 11, 2013
at 06:11 AM

No I don't count calories I try to use the palm method...I spend a few hrs a wk in preparing meals in advance (breakfast muffins with egg and veggies, chicken breast, meat n veggie meat balls, ect.) And I pack a cooler for the day and try to eat before I dive then a little thru day, before x-fit I get a little protein and then have a dinner when I'm home ( usually around 7-8pm ) I'm at 24% body fat based on BMI table... I guess I just have to buckle down and try counting the calories... I weighed in today and hit 149lbs and I'm on day 19... Thanks for advice. Can you offer any tips for travel?

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Eed7dabde3d61910685845e04605267f

on April 10, 2013
at 10:35 AM

why do you want to lose weight now?

Maybe you've become more muscular while losing fat. If you're 'very athletic looking' and feel that performatnce in workouts has imrorved since eating in a 'paleo' way (which contrary to what you suggest doesn't entail the elimination of fruits or starches, why are you worried? You've 'stalled' on your way to what state exactly? What's wrong with where you are, right now...?

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on April 10, 2013
at 09:03 AM

Do you know more or less which % body fat are you currently in? For your description, seems already low. The further you go into less body fat the harder it gets to keep pushing through it. This seems to be even harder for women because estrogen dominance seem to gear towards more fat storage than men.

Do you also count calories actually? Paleo is nice for health and lifestyle and fat loss for people who is pretty metabolically damaged and have plenty of field to play in reworking body composition. But if you hit a normal body weight already, maybe 'standard-paleo' is not going to help you lean down without some tweaks.

I'd say that you keep track of your daily calories (at least for some days) so you become aware of how much you are eating, then stick to quality food like the one paleo promotes, but trying to get slightly under caloric (300 to 500 kcal a day maybe). Also, I'd try to not get more than 50% cals from fat and up protein a little bit. This should aid in the long term, patience needed. If not, then you could IF some other day and see if it takes you through your plateau. Also carb-cycling one day every few ones may help in keeping the metabolism fast.

Meal timings may also play a role, eating some time before and just after when you have physical activity may help use the nutrients to fuel the body and repair better than storing as fat. Don't know how many meals you do but seems that 2 to 3 may be better than the so called 5 or more meals a day because it enhances more fat breakdown. Also eating early on the day may help curb hunger through the rest of the day (this may not be needed for you) and also trying to have last meal soon and before activity should lead to enhanced body fat usage that should keep going once you hit the bed.

Just what works for me, your mileage may vary, of course!

Cf8c9bd16ee09a667e246acb2cc85475

on April 11, 2013
at 06:11 AM

No I don't count calories I try to use the palm method...I spend a few hrs a wk in preparing meals in advance (breakfast muffins with egg and veggies, chicken breast, meat n veggie meat balls, ect.) And I pack a cooler for the day and try to eat before I dive then a little thru day, before x-fit I get a little protein and then have a dinner when I'm home ( usually around 7-8pm ) I'm at 24% body fat based on BMI table... I guess I just have to buckle down and try counting the calories... I weighed in today and hit 149lbs and I'm on day 19... Thanks for advice. Can you offer any tips for travel?

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on April 13, 2013
at 05:22 PM

When I started Crossfit, I had lost about 20 pounds, and initially I lost a couple more pounds but then gained about 10. However my waist remained the same size and I got noticeable muscle definition in my upper body. I have learned that weight loss isn't the same as feeling or looking better.

Crossfit is tough training and trying to do that while restricting your calories can be tricky. Something you might try though is working out fasted, i.e. no food for at least 5-6 hours, and then try to fast for an hour afterwards. This is tough and your WOD's will suffer a little, but will encourage your body to burn fat. This is a lot more difficult than burning energy stored from a recent meal, but will improve your body composition.

I am very sensitive to carbs and the more of them I eat, the more inclined I am to gain weight. This is not suggesting that you have to go low carb, but for me having more than one high-carb meal in a day almost guarantees that I gain weight, even if I'm working out a lot. I'm not too worried about the weight but don't necessarily want to bulk up so I keep an eye on that.

As others have noted, losing 1.0-1.5 pounds per week over the long term is about as fast as you can do it in a sustainable way. In my experience the weight comes off quickly, like 5-10 pounds in a few weeks, and then nothing for a while, as your body adjusts. Crossfit is a great way to get and stay in shape but I am not sure it's a good way to lose weight, unless you're pretty careful about what you eat.

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on April 13, 2013
at 04:49 PM

You're at 149, and only 19 days Paleo? If you started at 159 pounds, that means you have lost 10 pounds in 19 days. I would be pretty happy with that. You are not obese, so in my opinion, you shouldn't be losing that quickly- no wonder the weight loss has stalled. Relax- give it time! I understand the question (I'm questioning my stalled weight loss- but I've been doing this for a year), but only 19 days in?

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on April 10, 2013
at 11:26 AM

There would be many reasons for your weight stalled. Weight loss depends upon physical activities like exercises and also depends on food habits. Most important thing is calories burnt must be greater than intake calories. Maintain good diet by staying away from high calorie foods and keep going with your work outs for the best weight loss result.

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on April 13, 2013
at 03:51 PM

I too had seemed to stall in losing weight, i tried the Acai Berry Natural supplement and it really helped me to increase my weight loss, you should give it a try, it is on a free trial so if it doesn't work for you it will cost you nothing

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